2013 Américas Award


Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano (Scholastic, 2012)

There are two secrets Evelyn Serrano is keeping from her Mami and Papo? her true feelings about growing up in her Spanish Harlem neighborhood, and her attitude about Abuela, her sassy grandmother who’s come from Puerto Rico to live with them. Then, like an urgent ticking clock, events erupt that change everything…

Honorable Mention

Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert written by Gary Schmidt and illustrated by David Diaz (Clarion Books, 2012)

As the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a former slave, Martin de Porres was born into extreme poverty. Even so, his mother begged the church fathers to allow him into the priesthood. Instead, Martin was accepted as a servant boy. But soon, the young man was performing miracles. Rumors began to fly around the city of a strange mulatto boy with healing hands, who gave first to the people of the barrios…

Commended Titles

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon & Schuster, 2012)

In Darkness written by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury, 2012)

Drummer Boy of John John written by Mark Greenwood and illustrated by Frane Lessac (Lee & Low, 2012)


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